Always consult a veterinary physician or animal care specialist before using doxycycline oral suspension. If the condition does not improve or becomes worse, then call a veterinary physician or animal care specialist.
Indications and Usage
Doxycycline is indicated in the treatment of many different bacterial infections including, leptospirosis, toxoplasmosis, mycoplasma, psittacosis, and tick borne diseases including Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Doxycyline is also indicated in the treatment of heartworm infection (killing of Wlbachia bacteria) Wolbachia may increase the tendency for embolism to complicate heartworm disease treatment so killing the Wolbachia prior to killing the adult heartworms is often included in the heartworm treatment protocol.
Doxycycline has also proven useful in combating “methicillin-resistant Staph intermedius” infections.
This drug is contraindicated in animals that have shown hypersensitivity to any of the tetracyclenes.
Administration and Dosage
Refer to an animal care specialist for guidelines on dosage. Do not exceed the dosage, and complete the full treatment, as stopping early can result in a recurrence or a worsening of the problem.
Meanwhile, do not administer doses greater than 1ml/kg of body weight in cats and dogs and 0.15 ml/kg of body weight in birds. Doxycycline oral suspension shouldn’t be administered if any hypersensitivity is discovered.
Consult with an animal care specialist about any other medications that are being taken by the animal, and their medical history, before their treatment with doxycycline oral suspension.
Tetracycline antibiotics should be avoided during pregnancy because of risk in developing skeletal limb abnormalities and also leads to discoloration of teeth (yellowing of teeth).
Doxycycline should not be used in the horses due to risk of fatal cardiac arrhythmia.
No special warnings.
Doxycycline oral suspension interacts with oral antacids, bismuth, kaolin, or pectin-containing products. Iron tablets/injections also interferes with the absorption of doxycycline and should be administered or taken before or after three hours doxycycline’s administration.
Doxycycline and other tetracycline antibiotics should not be used with other bactericidal antibiotics such as penicillin, cephalosporin, and aminoglycosides. Tetracycline antibiotics may change clotting times. Animals receiving warfarin or other anticoagulant may need additional monitoring and dosage adjustment.